Open Letter to Judge Mccloskey and District Attorney Zappala
A Message from Mrs. Gammage
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Open Letter to The People of Allegheny County
From the CCPJ (Campus Coalition for Peace and Justice)
Jonny Gammage, an African-American man and cousin of Pittsburgh Steelers
Ray Seals, was murdered at the hands of five police officers on Highway
51 on October 12, 1995. He was brutally beaten and his breath was
crushed out of his body.
The prosecutors called as their star witness, Whitehall Police Sgt. Keith Henderson, one of the cops who participated in the murder. This cop clearly represents the defense. In testimony, he defended his actions and those of his fellow officers. Henderson painted Gammage as the aggressor, and said he would have shot him if he had had a clear view. He said his fellow officers did nothing wrong. Why is he a star witness for the prosecution?
Henderson's testimony contradicts the testimony of Frank Belajac, a tow truck driver, who testified that he saw the attack that led to Jonny Gammage's death, and that he fears retaliation by the police.
But many of us are not surprised that the DA's office would not prosecute Henderson for his crimes, nor seek felonies charges against the other four. After all, as a former Pittsburgh police officer and homicide detective, Colville has a conflictof interest in this case and his office should not be the prosecution!
Call Mike Pintak and Fred Honsberger's shows on KDKA radio between 9:00 am to noon and 3:00 to 4:30 pm at 333-9393 and tell them the same thing.
Call the D.A. office (412-350-4400) and express your concern at his handling of the case. Question his ability to be objective since he was a former police officer. Demand that all five officers be charged with criminal homicide and that the jury be selected from Allegheny Country or one with similar demographics
Call the disciplinary board of the PA Supreme Court (565-3173) and file a complaint.
Call U.S. Attorney Frederick Phieman's office (644-3500) to express concern that Jonny Gammage's civil rights were violated because he was black and all officers who killed him are white.
Circulate the petition demanding that a special prosecutor be appointed in the case since the DA is not seriously pursuing criminal charges against the cops.
Invite a member of the Campus Coalition for Peace and Justice to speak to your organization about the killing of Jonny Gammage.
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